Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller of the Brooklyn-based band
said in a lawsuit filed on Monday in California federal court
that "Stars," a bonus track on Lovato's 2015 hit album
"Confident," contains significant material taken from their 2010
song "Infinity Guitars."
In documents filed in the U.S. District Court Central District
of California, Sleigh Bells says the similarities between the
two songs "transcend the realm of coincidence or shared generic
material, and inform the very essence of the works."
In a tweet dating back to November 2015, Sleigh Bells (@sleighbells)
publicly addressed the former Disney Channel star, now 24, about
".@ddlovato Demi Lovato flattered you guys sampled Infinity
Guitars & Riot Rhythm for "Stars: but we were not contacted,"
wrote the American musical duo. "Gotta clear those."
At that time, the "Stars" producers Carl Falk and Rami Yacoub
said in a statement that was not the case and that Lovato was
not involved with the production of the song.
The band is seeking an injunction against further use of
Lovato's track and an unspecified amount of damages.
Lovato's representatives did not return requests for comment.
(Reporting by Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Dan Grebler)
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